Screen goes black in iPhoto

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by urbaud1, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. urbaud1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2010
    I have an iMac desktop computer, Intel based, with Snow Leopard running on it. When I am running iPhoto the small photos appear in the right pane as they should. However, when I double click on one of the photos to enlarge it, many of them will show a black screen with a white circle and a black exclamation point in the white circle. When I click it again, it returns to the smaller size and is visible. If I use the slider, the pictures will get bigger but when I double click on them the black screen with the exclamation point appears. Again, when I click the black screen, the smaller picture re-appears. This phenomenon does not happen on all of the pictures, just some. Also, the photos that this occurs on are not copies of the originals. When I highlite the photo to edit it and click on edit the screen also goes black. Does anyone have a clue as to what is causing this and how I might fix it?
  2. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Did you go into the iPhoto Library in finder and do any organizing, changing, naming, moving or anything else? Mucking about in that file will cause the behavior you are experiencing. iPhoto organizes things so that it can find them when you want them, and if anything gets changed in that file, iPhoto will not be able to work for you. Stay out of that file.

    You might try rebuilding yoru library like this:, or possible rebuilding your thumbnails like this:

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